“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
How can we continue to hold fast our profession of faith?
How can we provoke one another unto love and to good works?
By not “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”.
By making an effort to be in church often!
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the writer of Hebrews acknowledges that there were some that were not faithful… “as the manner of some is”. This Truth still applies today, and perhaps on an even greater level.
We have seen a trend in recent days of churches going away from their “traditional” schedules due to lack of attendance in the evening and midweek services. Churches continue to appeal to their targeted demographics, while compromising on what has worked in the past… Biblical principles.
While some may believe that an evening service on Sundays only stems from tradition, it's foundation lies within the pages of Scripture.
“Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews…”
The disciples assembled together on Sunday evening. So should we. Instead of making only Sunday morning a priority, we should make church a priority every time the doors are open, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…”
The origin of a midweek service may stem from only tradition, but even if so, aren't you thankful for those services? In the middle of a chaotic workweek, a visit to the local haven of rest helps us keep pressing on throughout the week.
Why is church attendance so important?
“…came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.”
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
II Samuel 11-12 | I Corinthians 12 | Psalm 114
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